Monarch Festival & September Program

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Social 6:30 pm | Program 7:00 pm 


Creating Pockets of Habitat with Native Plants

Presenter: Angie Hong

Learn how to create and nurture habitat on your land to support wildlife and protect local water resources. During this presentation, Angie Hong will discuss:

  • Which trees and shrubs are best for birds
  • How to enhance existing gardens to provide nectar for pollinators
  • “Cues for Care” to give your native gardens better curb appeal; and
  • Resources to help you get started

Angie Hong is the coordinator for Minnesota’s East Metro Water Resource Education Program, a local government partnership with 25 city, county and watershed organization partners. In her free time, she enjoys singing, competing in triathlons, and exploring the prairies, woods and waterways of the St. Croix Valley. She holds a M.S. degree in Natural Resources Science and Management with an emphasis on Environmental Education (UM Twin Cities, 2004) and a B.S. in Zoology (UW Madison, 2000). Read her tips and tales about keeping water clean at

13th Annual Monarch Festival 

Festival de la Monarca

Saturday, September 11th, 2021

10 am - 4 pm at Lake Nokomis

Want to volunteer at the Home Grown Habitat Tent during this year's Monarch Festival

See here for details and sign up!

The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

Wild Ones Twin Cities, alongside the Nokomis Naturescape Gardeneers have been an essential mainstay at the Habitat Tent from the very beginning. 

The Festival will be held just east of the Nokomis Naturescape in the area bounded by E. Minnehaha Parkway, Woodlawn Boulevard, and E. Nokomis Parkway. This area is a shady mature bur oak grove.

Returning this fall...

Bare Root Clinic and Workshop


We invite you to register and attend one of our upcoming Bare Root Study and Demonstration Clinics. In addition to learning how to bare root plants, clinics will cover Jumping Worm identification, early assessment and how to prevent introducing this invasive species to your garden. All events will be at the home of instructor, Julia Vanatta, unless otherwise noted.

Fall clinics will be held Fridays and Saturdays in South Minneapolis on the following dates: 

September 18, 24, 25; October 1 and 2.

Participants are asked to bring one or two plants from your garden to practice on*. Remove only excess soil, transport plants in a large container, such as a 5 gallon pail or large storage tub. We'll finish removing the soil from roots as part of the workshop. Any plants you bring must be completely contained when you arrive so as not to spill any soil. If you think you may have live worms, use a container with a tight lid.

If you do not have any plants to bring, no worries. we'll have extras. We prefer native plants but also are happy to work with any plant that you have from your garden.

You will receive an email from with additional instructions a prior to the clinic.

Each clinic is limited to 6 persons, will follow current outdoor protocols for masks and social distancing. Date will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or if no one has registered within 48 hours prior to scheduled clinic. A text or voice mail message may be sent if cancellation is on short notice.